The Color of Money
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Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"We are not on Rocky's side of the street, but in Martin Scorsese country, where bent character, not sentiment, shapes destiny, and the best the struggling human spirit can hope for is a split decision."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Scorsese's direction at its most downmarket and upbeat -- never have pool tables, balls and cues looked so rich and strange."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"There's nothing [Martin Scorsese] made so achingly generic and impersonal as this."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A gamble that teens will get this adult's movie."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A hard act to follow, but Scorsese does it in style."
‑ , Film4
"Pic has a distinctive pulse of its own with exceptional performances by Paul Newman and Tom Cruise."
‑ , Variety
"A stunning vehicle -- a white Cadillac among the other mainstream American movies of the season."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It's entertaining and at times even insightful, but nowhere near as powerful-or memorable-as "The Hustler.""
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"As a standalone movie, it is a memorable entry in Scorsese and Newman's filmographies. But as a companion piece to The Hustler, it is an exceptional example on how to revisit an iconic character with respect, and above all, with a healthy new vision."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Lacking the urgency, dramatic momentum, and mood of the wonderful 1961 The Hustler, Scorsese's sequel is an enjoyable but ultimately disappointing sequel, and one of his most generic and least personal works."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A solidly crafted entertainment that, for the most part, strikes a successful balance between commercial necessity and personal expression."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"It doesn't have the electricity, the wound-up tension, of [Scorsese's] best work, and as a result I was too aware of the story marching by."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Working with his crack technical team, Scorsese turns the film into a high-wire act, using everything from the crack of the balls to the soundtrack (best bit: Cruise playing and preening to Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London") to pump up the action."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A joy to see two masters (Scorsese and Newman) at ease with their work, and one, Cruise, in the making."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Word is that Paul Newman gave Iggy Pop the cold shoulder during the filming."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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